Mexican president promises quick action after cartel gunmen kill general
The Mexican president claimed to have moved a large deployment of soldiers to one of his country’s most violent states, Zacatecas. The deployment follows a cartel attack where gunmen killed one of the top leaders of the Mexican National Guard.
During a press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) revealed that he was deploying a large number of troops in Zacatecas where earlier this week a group of gunmen killed General Jose Silvestre Urzua Padilla, the regional chief of the Mexican National Guard. .
#Video | “Lament mucho el asesinato del general brigadier José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla, state coordinator of the @GN_MEXICO_ in Zacatecas”: expressed the President @lopezobrador_ sent an abrazo a los familiares del uniformado. pic.twitter.com/AYKozQ9TlP
— Los Reporteros MX (@ReporterosMX_) November 25, 2022
Lopez Obrador said the general was leading a raid in the town of Los Pinos in an attempt to tackle kidnappings in the area where local police were involved. During the raid, the general’s vehicle was attacked. He suffered various injuries while getting out of the vehicle. Urzua Padilla died after being airlifted to a local hospital.
A press release from the Mexican National Guard said two more people died in the clash and authorities made several arrests. Law enforcement sources told Breitbart Texas that the Mexican cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) is behind the deadly clash in Zacatecas.
During its press conference, AMLO claimed that its officials had identified the individuals behind Urzua Padilla’s death, “those who ordered it”, and vowed to act quickly.
The violence in Zacatecas comes at a time when CJNG is clashing with other criminal organizations including factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas for state control. Ongoing turf wars have led to numerous massacres and enforced disappearances, as well as other acts of extreme violence as one cartel tries to outwit the other.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels that silence their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in these regions, including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, if a pseudonym was not used. Chronicles of the Breitbart Texas Cartel are published in English and in their original version Spanish. This article was written by “LP Contreras” from Mexico City and Jose Luis Lara from Michoacan.